‘Habitual’ thief handed a resort ban

Blackpool Magistrates Court

Blackpool Magistrates Court

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A TRAVELLING thief whose bad behaviour upset residents and visitors has been banned from part of Blackpool.

Nigel Wilde, described by police as charmless, was put on an Anti-Social Behaviour Order which bans him from central Blackpool and Blackburn.

Wilde, 32, formerly of Ingthorpe Avenue, Bispham, and Cherry Lodge, Islington, Blackburn, gave his address to a court as HMP prison Preston.

He was made the subject of a three-year ASBO by District Judge James Hatton sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

Before making the order the judge studied a dossier of incidents involving Wilde compiled by Blackpool PCSO Ryan White and Blackburn PC Dave Hall.

Chris Kehoe applied for the order against Wilde on behalf of Lancashire Police’s Chief Constable.

Mr Kehoe said: “Over a number of years Wilde has engaged in anti-social behaviour. He is an habitual shoplifter who generally on being caught behaves in an aggressive manner.”

He added that since an interim ASBO was made against Wilde on December 21 last year, Wilde had breached the order five times, on four occasions behaving aggressively and also behaving racially.

Wilde had been jailed for each breach and was currently serving a 60-day sentence.

Steven Townley, defending, said his client understood why the order was being made.

Mr Townley asked for Wilde to be allowed in certain areas of the town so he could go to centres for drug rehabilitation and homelessness.

When the judge told Wilde there would be a slight delay in preparing maps showing the areas he was banned from Wilde said: “How long? I have to be back in the prison.”

When the ASBO conditions were read out to him Wilde complained he was not allowed in an area where there was a centre for homeless people and he said: “I will breach the order.”

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